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Portland, Oregon Assisted Living Community

Portland, Oregon Assisted Living Community

Emeritus at Sellwood

8517 SE 17th Avenue
Portland, OR 97202
(503) 487-1522

About Our Community

This is the promise that the staff at Emeritus at Sellwood- and throughout Emeritus Senior Living communities- has shared since our assisted living community first opened its doors. It's a simple promise to be compassionate and kind, understanding and respectful- a promise to become extended family to the seniors entrusted in our care and to our retirees who have chosen our community for its active lifestyle.

The Perfect Location

Emeritus at Sellwood is centrally located just four miles from downtown Portland, yet tucked into Portland’s southeast neighborhood of Sellwood. This charming historic community features lovely old Craftsman-style Bungalow homes, coffee shops, small grocery stores, boutiques and great restaurants. We’re also just off Highway 99 (SE McLoughlin Blvd.) and close to the Sellwood Bridge, one of the major bridges that cross the Willamette River, making it easy to drive into Portland. Several hospitals are located nearby, including Providence Milwaukee; Oregon Health Sciences University, a major teaching hospital and trauma center located just across the Sellwood bridge; the Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center; and the skilled nursing facility, Friendship Health Center.

Greater Portland area is one of the most desirable areas in the Pacific Northwest, with its many attractions, restaurants, museums and beautiful scenery. We do our best to take advantage of all that the region has to offer, with our weekly trips to our local Farmers Market topping the list. Another popular destination is Spirit Lake Casino, where we’ll take residents in our “lift” van for an entire day.

Mondays are for our “Lunch Bunch;” residents just let us know where they’d like to go – McGrath’s Fish House, the Olive Garden and the Bomber diner, with its 1940s bomber in the parking lot, are among their favorites. The Museum of Science and Industry is just up the street from our senior living community, and the Portland Art Museum and Oregon Zoo are both an easy drive away. And several times a year, we’ll spend the day at the Milwaukee Senior Center. We also often take residents to the Portland Rose Garden – a major tourist attraction that locals love as well – where they can walk through beautiful gardens on paved pathways. When residents long for the ocean, we take off – often to the Seaside and Cannon Beach area for the day. The Columbia Gorge offers spectacular scenery, as well as wonderful Hood River – another perfect day trip.

A Wonderful Selection

Our goal is to meet the needs and budgets of all of our residents. Toward this end, our four-story assisted living community offers a total of 85 senior apartments, with approximately 12 different styles, ranging from 350-square-foot studios to several one-bedroom configurations to two-bedroom, two-bath suites just under 1,000 square feet. All apartments have 10-feet ceilings and large windows, creating a wonderful sense of space. And because we are a multi-story community, some of our upper floor apartments offer delightful views of Mt. Hood, the Cascade foothills and glimpses of the Portland skyline. Each features a full sized refrigerator with separate freezer, an easy-to-use microwave, spacious bathrooms with walk-in showers, a minimum of two closets, wall-to-wall carpeting, individual temperature and air conditioning control, and all utilities except telephone (Dish Network is included) and conveniently located emergency pull cords.

It’s very unusual for assisted living communities of our size to offer so many common areas. On the main floor, our lobby area is often a place for relaxation, playing games and conversation. Our family room is much like a den or great room and features a large-screen television, Wii console, tables and chairs for games, and several overstuffed chairs for watching movies. Our Coca-Cola Room is the center of many social activities, including ice cream socials, birthday parties and bingo. The beauty shop, which is adjacent to the Coca-Cola Room, is a full-service hair salon that’s open to the public. Our dining room is also located on the main floor. On the second floor is the very cozy “Fireside Room,” a relaxing area with tables, sofas, chairs and a gas fireplace. Just adjacent is our sun patio, which juts out over our entryway and faces south, making it the ideal place to enjoy the out-of-doors on nice sunny days. The Billiards Room and Game Room, with its regulation card table, are located on the third floor, and on the fourth floor is our Activities Center, where all of our arts and crafts, as well as exercise programs, are held. There are also many smaller sitting areas located throughout the building, where residents often decorate and furnish with their own belongings. Along the entire front side of the building is a covered porch, with rocking chairs and benches – and outside of our community, literally in our parking lot, is a small convenience store, where residents can get snacks and personal items. This is just one of the many benefits of being located in the heart of the Sellwood neighborhood!

Strong, Caring Professional Relationships

We can bring in virtually any type of medical professional required, from physical, occupation and speech therapists, to podiatrists and social workers. So residents can continue receiving assisted living services from their own caregivers. And should a therapist or doctor have specific recommendations, our staff will make sure that information is integrated into the resident’s care plan. In addition, we are located within two minutes of two eye clinics, and twice a week, we offer scheduled transportation in our own lift van to medical appointments. Should a resident require skilled nursing, our Residential Care Director, also a registered nurse, will help find a suitable placement based on the resident’s needs and will conduct ongoing visits to keep track of his or her progress. We can also coordinate visits from other types of providers; for example, financial planners or VA representatives, who help our veteran residents take full advantage of the benefits to which they are entitled.

Our Staff

Friendly and caring are just two of the words our families and visitors often use to describe our staff. We attribute this to our culture, which has cultivated an atmosphere in which our staff lives and breathes the Emeritus pledge, “Our family is committed to yours.” Often our visitors tell us how surprised they are by the welcoming “aura” of our community, where the staff goes out of its way to introduce themselves, to shake hands and look visitors in the eye. Perhaps it’s because they truly care about their jobs. They aren’t people who came here from a fast food chain; they are senior care specialists – caring people, who have dedicated their careers to serving seniors and enhancing their quality of life. What’s more, many of our caregivers have been with us for at least 18 months – which is significantly above the average of other assisted living communities in the Greater Portland area. While they are true professionals, they are still able to cultivate a warm, casual and down-to-earth community filled with joy and laughter.